NYS SUMMER WRITERS INSTITUTE
Summer Program at Skidmore College
Each summer during the month of July the NYS Writers Institute moves its program to the Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs for a series of creative writing courses and free public readings.
This month-long program features courses in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Students may enroll for either two week blocks or for the entire four week season.
New information coming in Spring 2020
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Margo Jefferson reading at the NYS Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.
Photo by Jim McLaughlin
2019 Public Reading Schedule
All Readings are held in Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall and begin at 8 pm unless otherwise noted.
Admission is FREE and open to the public. Sponsored in part by the New York State Writers Institute.
Schedule subject to change. Please check the Skidmore College master calendar or call the NYS Summer Writers Institute at 518-580-5593.
Monday, July 1: Novelist Elizabeth Benedict & Poet Gregory Pardlo
Tuesday, July 2: Novelist James Hannaham & Memoirist Phillip Lopate
Wednesday, July 3: Panel Discussion: Reading Like A Writer: with Francine Prose & April Bernard
Thursday, July 4: Novelist Binnie Kirshenbaum & Poet Campbell McGrath
Friday, July 5: Novelist Claire Messud & Poet Robert Pinsky
Saturday, July 6: Film Screening & Discussion with Phillip Lopate
Monday, July 8: Poet Louise Gluck & Novelist Adam Haslett
Tuesday, July 9: Novelist Russell Banks & Poet Chase Twichell
Wednesday, July 10: Panel Discussion: The Sense of the Past with Madeline Miller, Adam Braver & Helen Ross
Thursday, July 11: Novelist Mary Gaitskill & Poet Vijay Seshadri
Friday, July 12: Poet Rosanna Warren & Novelist Joanna Scott
Monday, July 15: Memoirist Margo Jefferson & Poet Peg Boyers
Tuesday, July 16: Novelist Mary Gaitskill & Poet Frank Bidart
Wednesday, July 17: Panel Discussion: Writing Sex in Fiction with Mary Gaitskill, Garth Greenwell, Daniel Torday & Robert Boyers
Thursday, July 18: Novelist William Kennedy & Fictionist Amy Hempel
Friday. July 19: Novelists Rick Moody & Cristina Garcia
Saturday. July 20: Film screening of "Mr. Klein" (French, 1976, 123 minutes, color, 16mm in French with English subtitles) Note: 7 p.m. start time in Davis Auditorium.
Monday, July 22: Novelists Garth Greenwell & Dana Johnson
Tuesday, July 23: Novelists Caryl Phillips & Paul Harding
Wednesday, July 24: Novelist Joyce Carol Oates
Thursday, July 25: Novelist Jamaica Kincaid & Poet Henri Cole
Friday, July 26: Panel Discussion: Democracy & The Age of Trump, with Katha Pollitt, James Miller and Tom Healy